blog Tablets such as the iPad and the Microsoft Surface have been some of the hottest technologies around over the past several years in Australian organisations, but actual case studies detailing how organisations have deployed them remain a little thin on the ground. In part, this is likely because — despite all of the consumer applications — actual business applications for tablets remain a little sparse, usually boiling down to specific use cases where a mobile form factor is needed.
Thankfully CRN has come to the rescue and has published a series of three case studies on the topic from a number of different organisations. The site also quotes Telsyta analyst Foad Fadaghi on the future of tablets (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“… businesses have been waiting for 2-in-1 devices such as Surface and Surface Pro before buying employees tablets. While the space has been BYOD in the past few years, the drop from the past 12 months will be clawed back by businesses adopting the Windows 2-in-1 device.”
Personally, I expect that we will see two trends in Australian organisations over the next few years with respect to tablets.
Firstly, I expect Fadaghi is right — and that CRN’s article is well-timed. As Microsoft and Apple perfect the laptop/tablet hybrid form factor, we’ll see more organisations deploying this kind of model. Why not, after all? Corporate laptops don’t usually need a huge amount of processing power such as traditional laptops feature … a convertible model such as Microsoft’s new Surface Book laptop/tablet would make a lot of sense.
And the Surface units integrate particularly well with corporate IT networks because of the pervasiveness of the rest of Microsoft’s software stack.
Secondly, I think we’ll see increasing use of ‘phablets’ such as the iPhone 6s Plus and Samsung’s Galaxy Note line. These larger devices are attractive because they allow employees to access a great deal of data on a mobile basis, and if it’s for work, you can justify making employees carry a much larger handset.
In any case, I commend this series of case studies to readers. Interesting stuff.
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